Thursday, February 24, 2011

Camera Shopping...Opinions Wanted

     There is a new camera in my immediate future. I've had 2 Sony Cybershots and I really liked them, but my current one is not acting quite right and it is old enough that I think a new one is called for. I want a point and shoot, no changing lenses for me. I would prefer it to fit in my pocket so I don't have to carry a camera bag. Sometimes I really don't like to draw attention to the fact that I have a camera. I'd like it to have a few more bells and whistles than I've had. I want to be able to take pictures of the moon and fireworks as well as food, tablescapes and grandchildren!

     I'm considering these 3 cameras, do any of you own them? Love them? Hate them? I'd appreciate any advice or suggestions you have!

     Canon SX30IS 14.1MP Digital Camera with 35x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 Inch Wide LCD

     Canon PowerShot SX130IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3.0-Inch LCD
     Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good Evening my friend..Girl my granddaughter just got a Sony and it takes great pics..I also want a new camera..but since blogging I have gotten 2 and don't think Len will go for another one ha ha!! How is your Daddy doing my friend..and how are you holding up?? I do think about you all the time Sue..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

DUTA said...

I notice that the three cameras don't have an optical viewfinder, which I consider an important feature.
I'm a fan of Nikon but I can't recommend any specific model as I'm not familiar with their latest models (my camera is a basic one).
Good Luck in finding the right camera for you!

Anonymous said...

I have one very similar to the 2nd Canon one above (mine is only 10 mp). It takes good pictures, but it is a bit bulky in my opinion and I also dislike the fact that I have to manually lift open the flash. If that doesn't bother you, though, then it might be a good camera for you. Good luck! Tina H

J Rodney said...

I had the Panasonic Lumix FZ 7 before a wave got it last summer.....I loved it!

Right now I am giving my SLR camera a break (except for rare occasions when I have my husband with me). I simply cannot handle the lenses, a toddler and two big brothers at the same time.

So I gave the family a tiny Canon camera for Christmas, and it is great because it does fit in the pocket. However....I miss my zoom. The panasonic had great zoom, did everything I needed it to do plus more, and it was soooo easy to use. I miss it! BTW I never had any trouble with it until a wave caught it, and I had it for about 3 1/2 years.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sue Sweetie...
What a beautiful share today. I love cameras. We don't have any of these, wish I did, as I too have been dreaming about that Canon with the 35x wide lens. A girl can dream right? I only have a small pocket Nikkon, takes okay pictures, but oh what I would give for one that I could really zoom in on.

Hope you are well sweet one. I have been thinking of you. How is your sweet Daddy doing? Good I pray.

Loved your table setting in your previous post. You can set one mean table girl. I would love to sit down and have tea one day.

Many hugs and SO much love to you, Sherry

bj said...

I only have a Kodak pocket camera and know nothing of any of these. I'm sure they are all good. Just read the reviews on ea one, tho.
Hugs, bj

Carolyn said...

I have a variety of digital SLR cameras but almost always use my Nikon Coolpix P6000. I think there are different versions of the Coolpix and some of them are not good cameras. Mine is a couple of years old now so there may be a newer version. But the "P6000" is the one I have and it is AMAZING. Easy to use and it does SO much. I took photos of the fireworks over the lake last year and my camera took better ones than most of the SLR cameras that night. It's not a cheap camera though - I think I paid around $450-$550 for it at the time? It fits in my purse and it's compact and I just love it. I've even taken videos with it and they come out GREAT!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sorry - I am of no help. I need a new camera also, but don't know where to start. I am like you - don't want one that I have to change out the lens.
Enjoy your weekend.

LindyLouMac said...

I have a Panasonic Lumix 12X Optical Zoom with a 25mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens which I am enjoying using.

Jenny said...

Gosh, I have no advice. When in doubt, and if possible, pick the pretty color, though! ha!

Love that picture of you and your sister and your Dad in your sidebar!

Unknown said...

I use my Nikon coolpix for days out and love it! Have a sweet day!

Linda said...

I have an older Canon Power Shot...mine is 8 mega pixals...I like everything about it except the time between's a bit slow, for action shots you better be right or you could lose it. But for the most part it is a good camera. Go to He talks about a lot of camera and there was even a search of prices at different stores, both on-line and real to compare prices when I went on.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Mine is similar to the 2nd one and I like it a lot!
Can't go wrong with Canon's!
Hope all is well with you too.
We are still cold and I am soooo ready for winter to end.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Hi Sue! My husband is the "camera guy" and he bought me a Lumix a couple of years ago and I love it! It's so easy to use and handy...small enough for the pocket and I use it every single day! It's a few years older version of what you are showing here but perfect for blogging and everything else!
Good luck on your choice!

JUST ME said...

I have no idea about cameras - even though I've always secretly like photography.

Treat yourself to the best one. :) You deserve it.

La said...

I have a Nikon Coolpix L110 and I love it.

I hope all is well with you! La

Sue said...

UPDATE: I bought the second one...I liked the size of it, not too big but still has a few new bells and whistles.

Shellbelle said...

I was going to ask my son, but he went to New Orleans on a photo shoot. I see you bought one though and it sounds like a goodie. The one thing I do want to tell you though is to shoot the moon and fireworks, I highly recommend a decent tripod. It's impossible to get a decent shot without one when the light is low.

Can't wait to see how this camera works out for you. My Coolpix is almost seven years old and while I still like what it can do, I want to expand my options. I really want one with interchangeable lenses, so I can really zoom in one birds and a macro lens for sure. I have a feeling it will be a while though, lol.